How to Make Your Small Bathroom Look & Feel Larger

By Teresa Cowart in Blog,For Homeowners. Tagged:

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How do you make the most of your bathroom space if you don’t have a lot of it and when a full remodel is out of the question? Just breathe! It can be done! By making a few changes using minimalist and simplistic approaches, your bathroom will not only be more efficient, but will feel and appear larger.

Make the most of a small and cramped bathroom by creating a maximized, open, airy, and enjoyable space with these tips:

Create an Illusion of More Space With a Clever Layout

It’s tough sometimes to redesign or re-arrange a room when there are limited options. With a little adjusting and making a few changes to the existing layout and fixtures, you can instantly create the illusion of more space. Here’s the how to:

  • Install a pedestal sink and see how quickly this can open up a space in a blink of an eye.
  • Consider using shallower cabinets for your vanity to open up the floor plan. Or, try floor to ceiling cabinets which will bring necessary height to the room.
  • Turn your traditional upright mirror horizontally so it spans the length of the wall. This will elongate your space.
  • Even choosing to use a simple wall mounted faucet can free up more room than you realize. This can eliminate the need for a bulky wide sink and vanity. But, keep in mind this would require some changes to the plumbing.
  • Try selecting a more compact modern style bathtub.
  • Use a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. You can also eliminate the shower curtain and replace it with a glass shower wall to open up what would typically be closed off visually.

Incorporate Smart Storage Ideas and Practical Solutions

Start off by looking for storage possibilities in your bathroom and coming up with real solutions that will get rid of clutter and make way for a more functional and efficient space that can suit everyone’s needs.

  • Stay organized. It’s so easy to stray but with some functional, simple baskets, bins, or shelving can help keep the personal items and toiletries under control.
  • Where to hang the towels or store them? Think outside the box and use a ladder towel rack as an alternative to the “in the way” towel rod.
  • A vanity with one shelf below can serve it’s purpose and still look decorative. Keep a basket there with neatly folded towels or toilet paper on hand where it’s easily accessible.
  • Maximize your corners by adding shelving.
  • Stay true to sleek and seamless when incorporating fixtures such as faucets, tubs, or sinks.
  • The more light there is the more open your bathroom will feel. One preference to achieve this effect would be to hang wall sconces alongside the mirror.
  • Solid colors work best for small areas.

There are many things you can do in your small bathroom to give it the feel of more space without the dreaded remodel. Some of these solutions may be costly, but not nearly as much as going for the rip out. I especially like the idea of adding shelving to the corners and incorporating floor to ceiling cabinetry.

If your bathroom isn’t the only small space in your home, take a look at these other tips to make small homes feel spacious.

Have small closets in your home? While you may think that a “reach in” closet is useless, check out these ideas for mastering your small closet.

The tips I’ve provided in this post would be especially helpful to home sellers as well. If you’re preparing to list your home, anything you can do to appeal to more buyers is key. Kitchens and bathrooms are top items on buyers want lists!

Which of these solutions would help most in your small bathroom?



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